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RIDER LACROSSE will begin practicing in March for the upcoming season. We want to build on the success of our MadCo Lacrosse summer instructional league and continue the momentum.
Also, here is a list of questions we thought we might answer up front to avoid any confusion:
WJYAA Lacrosse FAQ
Q: When is Lacrosse Season?
A: Registration in January/February. Practices start in March and games are April – May
Q: What equipment is required?
A: For the 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade teams, players will need a helmet, gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads and a Lacrosse stick. Cleats are recommended. For pee-wee’s all equipment will be provided and a stick will be included with their uniform.
Q: Isn’t Lacrosse equipment expensive?
A: There are many outlets for lacrosse gear including Craigslist and used equipment providers. You should be able to get your child well equipped for no more than you’d spend on sneakers for basketball or a new bat for baseball. The equipment should be usable for multiple years as well.
Q: Does my child need to choose between Lacrosse and Baseball/Soccer?
A: At these ages Lacrosse only overlaps the first few weeks of baseball practice and happens at the same time as Soccer. Games are on Sundays to there would be no conflicts on game days. WJYAA will do everything it can to work around practice schedules to allow kids to participate.
Q: Where would we play?
A: for 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade we’ll be a member of HYLA (Hilliard). We’ll have home games at Converse Park on the Lacrosse (football) field and away games would more than likely be at Jonathon Alder and Hilliard. Possibly Grove City and Madison Plains as well. Pee-wee’s will play in a self-contained 5 on 5 league designed to teach them the basics of lacrosse in a safe environment.
Q: Can girls play?
A: YES! We don’t anticipate having enough girls to have a separate girls’ team. Girls would compete on a co-ed team following boy’s rules. As interest in the sport grows, we could add girls teams in the future.
Q: I don’t know much about the sport. How can my family learn more about it?
A: There are numerous resources available on the internet to get exposure to, and learn more about Lacrosse. A few examples would be YouTube, US Lacrosse, and this page on the HYLALAX.org site http://hylalax.org/Links.asp?n=45562&org=hylalax.org
Q: Is Lacrosse dangerous?
A: As with any sport, there are risks involved. With the protective equipment required to play Lacrosse, the risks are greatly minimized. The pee-wee’s will be using ultra-soft Lacrosse balls to further diminish the possibility of any injury WJYAA really needs your help, support and most of all your kids to make launching this program a success. We look forward to providing another awesome opportunity for the youth of our community!
Jerry Fitzpatrick Operation Trustee - WJYAA